Hawkins\Brown has unveiled designs for Here East, the redevelopment of the former Press and Broadcast Centre at the London 2012 Olympics. The design for a "world class creative and digital cluster" will feature office and studio space for both established global companies alongside some of East London's many creative start-ups. Providing over a million square feet of flexible space, the design also includes shared work spaces and public areas, and a shared yard to host events, aiming to promote sharing of ideas and collaboration between the companies at various scales that will inhabit it.
The design for the former broadcasting centre joins a host of other legacy projects delivered as a result of the London 2012 Olympic Games. "It’s great to know that these huge buildings will soon be thriving centres for leading edge businesses," said Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation. "Here East’s contribution to the continued success of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be immense – not just by creating jobs and skills but establishing the Park as a world-class destination."
In addition to the office spaces, the redevelopment will landscape the canal side, adding cafes, restaurants and shops. Construction will begin in October, with completion scheduled for early 2016.